July 14th, 2018
A screening of the critically acclaimed and riveting documentary,
July 14th, 2018 at 7:00PM
Evening included light apps and drinks, reading of selected scenes from new commissioned play by Tira Palmquist prior to the screening and audience discussion with the playwright.
Free event, but we suggest a donation of $15.
This event’s aim was to serve as a catalyst for conversation around the issue of sex trafficking. Lower Depth is committed to providing safe spaces to commune around complex issues such as police violence, and provide a platform for stories that speak through racially diverse and multigenerational perspectives.
The first of our CYCLE OF VIOLENCE: Commission Series topics is sex trafficking. Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble is currently commissionning a piece by award winning playwright Tira Palmquist that tackles this difficult, but incredibly important subject and brings to light that sex trafficking is not a distant issue. Learn more about the commission series HERE.
In poor neighborhoods across L.A. County, women and girls are lured, bought, and sold into sexual slavery by traffickers who prey on the financially destitute and the vulnerable. These girls come from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, varied levels of education and may or may not be runaways or homeless youth. Palmquist’s work aims to brings to light the painful truth that the victims of sex trafficking are not distant from us – they are our daughters; they are our sisters; they are not invisible.
Called “a gripping legal thriller” (Esquire); “a powerful call to action” (The Los Angeles Times); “viscerally emotional” (The Washington Post), I AM JANE DOE chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com, the classified advertising website that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice. Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich and Karen Silkwood, these mothers have stood up on behalf of thousands of other mothers, fighting back and refusing to take no for an answer.
Narrated by Academy Award-nominee Jessica Chastain, directed by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio, and produced by Mazzio along with Academy Award-nominee, Alec Sokolow, the documentary reveals how, after rescuing their daughters, these mothers filed lawsuits against Backpage. Although many of the lawsuits have not gone well, their efforts have sparked a Senate investigation, a political movement, and now, legislation which overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate and was signed into law by the President on April 11, 2018.
I AM JANE DOE is a gut-wrenching human story and fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America. The voices of the mothers and children in the film has helped to usher in legislative change in both the House and Senate.
Read more about the film HERE.